Pardee RAND News & Events

Pardee RAND Graduate School students, alumni, and faculty are often in the news, writing blogs, publishing research, speaking at events, and more. Other pages (student blog posts, alumni news, faculty blog posts, featured research) provide filtered views of Pardee RAND news and announcements; here we present a complete compilation of ALL the news that's fit to share.

  • Close up of Lily Ablon holding DEFCON 21 challenge medal

    Lessons from a Hacker: Cyber Concepts for Policymakers

    Sep 14, 2015

    In this September 14th congressional briefing, Prof. Lillian Ablon discusses the basics of cyber and information security and provides insights into some of the complexities of cybersecurity policymaking. Topics include why software vulnerabilities are significant, the components of cyber risk beyond the threat, motivations of various cyber threats actors, and what they exploit.

  • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army march during a training session for a military parade, Beijing, September 1, 2015

    China's Military Modernization: Eric Heginbotham and Michael Chase in Conversation

    Sep 14, 2015

    Professors Heginbotham and Chase discuss their recent assessments of Chinese military modernization and its implications for U.S. interests in Asia.

  • The San Antonio Reservoir, near San Francisco, California

    Creating a Smart Market for California Water

    Sep 13, 2015

    A smart market approach could reduce the transaction costs of trading water in California, allow the price of water to better match its value, and bring that value to the state, write Professors John Raffensperger and Craig Bond.

  • A chlorine-tinged cloud of smoke rises from a bomb detonated by Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters in the town of al-Alam in Salahuddin province, March 10, 2015

    ISIS Plus Chemical Weapons Does Not Equal Apocalypse

    Sep 11, 2015

    The renewed use of chemical weapons on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria is a dangerous regional phenomenon, not an imminent global threat, writes Professor Scott Savitz.

  • Managing Water Quality in the Face of Uncertainty

    Sep 9, 2015

    In a pilot study for the Environmental Protection Agency's National Water Program, Edmundo Molina-Perez (cohort '11), Abdul Ahad Tariq (cohort '10), alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and professor Robert Lempert determined that the EPA and its partners can better manage future uncertainty by employing iterative risk management processes and adopting watershed implementation plans that are robust and flexible.

  • Local residents take pictures as U.S. President Barack Obama visit an area reconstructed after Hurricane Katrina during a presidential visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, August 27, 2015

    What Hurricane Katrina Taught Us About Community Resilience

    Sep 8, 2015

    Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction, death, and suffering in its wake. Its recovery, halting and incomplete as it has been, has taught us valuable lessons about resiliency, writes Prof. Anita Chandra.

  • Businesswoman working late in an office

    One in Five Hourly Employees Working Overtime Not Properly Compensated

    Sep 4, 2015

    Most laws as old as the Fair Labor Standards Act regularly need tuning up. But its overtime provisions are complicated because some workers are exempt from being covered, writes Prof. Susann Rohwedder. A survey of more than 1,500 employed adults finds that employers are violating the rules.

  • Summer 2015 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Sep 4, 2015

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about Charles Wolf's 60 years at RAND, new courses for the new school year, a Pardee Initiative effort to bring traditional grains back to the dinner table, and more.

  • African-American teen using a tissue

    Analyzing Unmet Health Care Needs in Teens and Affects on Adult Outcomes

    Sep 4, 2015

    Reported unmet health care need in adolescence is common and is an independent predictor of poor adult health, according to a an article coauthored by alum Mark Schuster (cohort '91). Strategies to reduce unmet adolescent need should address health engagement and care quality, as well as cost barriers to accessing services.

  • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army stand in formation ahead of a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Beijing, September 3, 2015

    China's Military Parade Highlights Its New Strategic Capabilities

    Sep 3, 2015

    China's elaborate military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II showcased some of the People's Liberation Army's newest high-tech weapons, writes Prof. Michael Chase.

  • An illustration of a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer

    Is It Time to Appoint a Data Security Czar?

    Sep 3, 2015

    Cybersecurity needs to become more of a priority for the government and private corporations. Whatever the solution, writes Prof. Lillian Ablon, public and private officials need to do a better job of weighing the risk-benefit calculation of storing data on Internet-accessible computers and justifying data-handling protocols.

  • Children raise their hands in a classroom

    How School Choice Could Disadvantage Low-Income Students

    Sep 1, 2015

    The flexibility to allow Title I-A funds to follow students across schools has a certain appeal. But it could have negative consequences for some of the poorest students, writes Prof. Brian Stecher.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Military Commission

    Why Kim Jong Un Fears South Korean Propaganda

    Aug 28, 2015

    While the latest confrontation between North and South Korea appears to be ending peacefully, it provides insight into future North Korean provocations. Words as weapons can work when they are aimed at North Korea's internal politics and backed up by a strong South Korean response supported by the U.S., writes alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '76).

  • calculator, pills, and stethoscope

    Two Students Receive Inaugural Fellowships from Leonard Schaeffer RAND-USC Initiative

    Aug 24, 2015

    The Leonard Schaeffer RAND-USC Initiative in Health Policy and Economics is pleased to announce that two PhD candidates in policy analysis, Dan Han and Ujwal Kharel, are the recipients of the inaugural fellowships for Pardee RAND Graduate School students.

  • Pedestrians in a region of the South Bronx that has seen a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York August 7, 2015

    Control Disease in a New York Minute

    Aug 20, 2015

    Legionella bacteria are ubiquitous in many warm-water environments, but outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease like the recent one in the South Bronx don't have to be. Effective public health policies can help inhibit Legionella growth, minimize the occurrence and impact of outbreaks, and save lives, writes Prof. Melinda Moore.

  • Traditional Grains stakeholder meeting

    Bringing Traditional Grains Back to the African Dinner Table

    Aug 18, 2015

    Although they are more nutritious and well-adapted to Africa's agro-ecological conditions, traditional grains have been losing market share to new grains—especially maize, rice and wheat. A joint initiative of Pardee RAND and the African Centre for Economic Transformation is exploring ways to bring sorghum and millet back to the dinner table.

  • U.S. soldiers take pictures of President Barack Obama at U.S. military base Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea, April 26, 2014

    Loose Clicks Sink Ships: When Social Media Meets Military Intelligence

    Aug 14, 2015

    Social media updates can reveal military intelligence. But stopping a soldier from posting a geotagged tweet or Instagram photo presents challenges, writes Prof. Doug Yeung.

  • Calculator and stethoscope on a spreadsheet

    The Ramifications of Repealing the Individual Mandate

    Aug 13, 2015

    As part of its goal of near-universal coverage, the Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. Repealing that requirement would significantly reduce health insurance enrollment and cause individual market premiums to rise.

  • Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea May 21, 2015

    China's Airfield Construction at Fiery Cross Reef in Context: Catch-Up or Coercion?

    Aug 11, 2015

    Even if China really sees itself as undertaking legitimate activities to protect its rightful interests, it is not surprising that its rival claimants, as well as the United States and other countries in the region, see Beijing's island building activities as efforts to improve China's abilities to bully its neighbors.

  • Engineer looking at factory emissions

    Climate Targets: Values and Uncertainty

    Aug 11, 2015

    Policymakers know that the risks associated with climate change mean they need to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. But uncertainty surrounding the likelihood of different scenarios makes choosing specific policies difficult.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015

    Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Drug Offenders. Now for the Hard Part

    Aug 10, 2015

    Last month, President Obama commuted more sentences in a single day than any president since Lyndon Johnson. But commutation doesn't erase a criminal conviction.

  • William LaPlante, assistant secretary of Air Force acquisition, testifies on acquisition reform before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, April 22, 2015

    Apply Principles of Professional Change Management to Acquisition Reform, or Risk Failure

    Aug 7, 2015

    If Congress enacts substantial changes to acquisition processes as part of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, then it has a responsibility to ensure that the DoD has the opportunity and resources to implement proven change management principles to increase the chances for its success.

  • A car dashboard computer

    Learning to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet of Things

    Aug 4, 2015

    Late last month, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million cars to fix a defect that allowed hackers to imperil drivers from afar. In essence, what was considered a huge threat was converted into a solved or at least solvable problem.

  • Protestors block trucks at the gate of a private-contractor company hired to shut off the water to residential customers with unpaid bills in Detroit, Michigan

    What Durban Can Teach Detroit: Getting Customers to Pay Their Water Bills

    Jul 29, 2015

    South Africa is proving that governments in poor cities can provide water and collect payment without turning off the water spigot. Detroit and Baltimore might consider exploring models like this that have been successfully tested in even more challenging settings, writes Julia Pollak (cohort '12).

  • Two college students sitting outside using a laptop

    Should Undocumented Immigrant Youth Pay In-State Tuition to Attend College?

    Jul 28, 2015

    Undocumented children are entitled to free primary and secondary public education everywhere in the United States, regardless of their legal status. But when they finish high school, their options for college vary depending on the state in which they live, writes Prof. Robert Bozick.